Welcome to the Wellness Research Team homepage! The Wellness Team aspires to foster
human well-being by enhancing understanding of resilience, stress-coping, and happiness.
The team has in recent years:
- Ascertained the role of meaning, positive affect, positive and negative thoughts,
and self-efficacy in shaping life satisfaction and psychological well-being
- Tested how meaning in life leads to happiness
- Found a new and potentially better way to measure generalized self-efficacy
- Discovered factors that aid psychological growth after trauma
- Shown how purpose in life and reasons for living help reduce risk of suicide
- Determined forms of coping that reduce pain-related distress
- Found mechanisms—such as beliefs and types of thinking—through which personality may
affect well-being, as well as potential ways to reduce the harmful effects of personality
traits such as neuroticism.
- Discovered malleable cognitive factors that predict declines in neuroticism and trait
negative affect, even over short time periods.
- Explored cross-cultural differences in meaning in life.
The team, which meets every week, has collected data on a half-dozen additional projects
and is now crafting studies to help assess or develop people’s self-efficacy, meaning
in life, self-esteem, and happiness. Please join us for an exciting endeavor that
aims to engage, intrigue, and expand awareness as it aids human welfare. Drop us a
line anytime for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 678-4169. Happiness to you!
Below is a link to a TV appearance on PBS station WKNO in which Dr. Lightsey discussed
recent findings about happiness and aging.